Paul was educated at Williams College, Williamstown MA, where he received his B.A. in Art History. He followed this with a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, New York, NY. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts.
For a number of years, Paul was employed with firms in New York City, Washington D.C. and Boston MA. While in Boston, Mr. Rovinelli worked with Schwartz/Silver Architects and Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects.
In 1993, he founded his own practice, HP Rovinelli Architects, which has developed into a thriving small architectural firm designing large custom homes up and down the east coast, small projects for prestigious New England educational institutions, as well as numbers of urban townhouse and suburban home renovations. Paul limits the firm to a small staff to ensure focused client attention, with Paul closely involved in every aspect of design and construction.
Paul is also a scholar in the field of modern Dutch architecture, having received, among others, fellowship support for his research from the Fulbright Scholars Program, the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kinne Foundation. His writing on this topic has appeared in many professional journals.
He is currently beginning a new book project on the architecture and life of Amsterdam and his many decades of experience with the city.